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Lloris' unhappy start

Hugo Lloris has been plunged into an immediate selection controversy at Tottenham after it was claimed yesterday that he had "not appreciated" being publicly told that Brad Friedel is still the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

Andre Villas-Boas made Lloris the most expensive goalkeeper in Tottenham's history when he signed him for £12m on Friday night, but less than 24 hours after his arrival the Tottenham boss also said that Friedel would continue to start for his team.

Friedel had just excelled for Tottenham during their 1-1 draw against Norwich City in his 307th consecutive Premier League game. In France captain Lloris, however, Villas-Boas also now has a goalkeeper who is regarded among the very best in Europe.

It is not clear whether Lloris was given any guarantees by Spurs about his place when he agreed to leave Lyon but, given his status in France, it is unthinkable that he would have been content just to sit on the bench.

"Hugo has not appreciated the statements of his coach," said Didier Deschamps, the France manager. "I saw what Villas-Boas said and if I comment it is going to echo on the other side of the Channel, but it surprised me. I do not want Hugo to find himself in this situation." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent